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The movers and shakers of China are buying up luxury cars, and cars in general, at a dizzying pace. And Maserati is nothing if not on fire intuitive, so the skyrocketing sales in China are motivating the Italian company to expand even faster.
There have been past murmurs of a “baby” Quattroporte, but the current ‘porte is getting a refresh as well—and both models may get four-wheel drive with high-performance technology from the Ferrari FF. And in the sort of synergy that makes Chrysler TC by Maserati enthusiasts feel appreciated, a Maserati SUV based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee is also being planned: it would be built in Bertone’s former plant near Turin, and it can start annoying enthusiasts as soon as 2013.
Lastly, thanks to parent company Fiat’s stake in Chrysler, Maserati may use a Multiair-equipped version of the V6 Pentastar engine, good for 400 horsepower, instead of a V8 from Ferrari. Hear that? That’s the sound of a thousand angry Chrysler-hating mobs who cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced by Sergio Marchionne.
[Source: Car & Driver]
Maserati‘s new GranTurismo MC Stradale might be using a nifty new single-clutch automated manual gearbox in its home market of Europe, but North America will get a ZF-built 8-speed automatic.
The ZF unit is a precursor to Maserati’s further use of the gearbox, and frankly, North American consumers of the brand will likely not notice the difference. The transmission will also be utilized across a new range of products which will include an SUV and a sedan to slot below the Quattroporte. Reports state that the cars will likely share parts with Chrysler vehicles, a common practice amongst premium brands owned by a conglomerate, but one that may not sit well with Maserati’s rarefied clientele. The next Maseratis will also follow the trend of turbocharging, which was a staple of the brand in earlier decades, and possibly a diesel engine for their Jeep Grand Cherokee-based SUV.
[Source: Car and Driver]
The Porsche Cayenne better get ready, because Maserati is all set to introduce a new SUV based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Word of the new model comes from none other than Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.
“This is just a great architecture,” said Marchione to the Wall Street Journal. “Why wouldn’t I put a Maserati on it?”
The new Maserati SUV will be built starting in 2013 at the company’s Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit.
The vehicle would be the fourth model in the Maserati lineup, joining the Quattroporte sedan, GranTurismo coupe and GranTurismo Convertible.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]
Could the Porsche Cayenne finally have a serious rival when it comes to delivering on- an off-road performance, as well as stunning looks and serious luxury? Perhaps.
According to Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, the company is exploring the possibility of building Alfa Romeo and Maserati SUVs based on the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee platform. Marchionne made the comments today on the topic of Chrysler’s third-quarter profits, commenting that the chassis is capable of handling more horsepower. And while it’s expected that Jeep will bring to market an SRT8 version with a 470-hp V8, Marchionne also commented that an Italian-branded SUV could use one of the Ferrari/Maserati engines, including the 4.2-liter V8 and 4.7-liter V8.
While Fiat’s plan for Alfa Romeo includes two all-wheel drive crossovers, this new model could be in addition to them. Currently no Maserati SUV is in the works, but Marchionne has said either model could be brought to market in as little as 12 to 18 months, being built at Chrysler’s Jefferson North facility in Detroit.
[Source: Automotive News]